The Three Days of the Battle of Gettysburg, A Field Tour - October 27-29

On October 27, 2017 - 08:30 - October 29, 2017 - 12:00

It was the greatest battle of the war, and a turning point in the fortunes of the armies that fought it.  From the first crack of a trooper’s carbine in the gray dawn of July 1, 1863, to the weary popping of picket fire in the red glow of sunset two days later, the Battle of Gettysburg was an American epic that has retained a firm grip on the public imagination for more than 150 years. The stakes were high as 100,000 Federals in the Army of the Potomac under George Gordon Meade fought on Northern soil for the first time after repeated defeats in Virginia.  For Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia, at that time the most successful army in the world, Gettysburg offered an opportunity to deliver what might have been the knockout blow to their opponent.  But weary and outnumbered, the Southerners were unable to dispose of the resilient Federals who refused to break through three days of combat.

On Friday of our tour, we will concentrate on the first day’s battle action including the Reynold’s Woods fight, following the Iron Brigade’s 700-yard running battle with Archer’s Tennesseans and Alabamians, and the Union brigade’s demise later in the day at the hands of James Pettigrew’s North Carolina Brigade. John Buford’s cavalry action, the Railroad Cuts, Oak Ridge, and the 11th Corps line, with special attention given to Confederate General George Doles’ extraordinary successes, will be covered in detail. We’ll end the first day’s battle action with a discussion of the Seminary fight at James Stewart’s Battery B 4, US position at the 3rd Railroad Cut. We will then begin to cover the second day’s battle action, with a tactical appraisal of the actions on Little Round Top.

On Saturday, we’ll continue to cover the second day’s action including Devil’s Den – the Slaughter Pen – and the Wheatfield, where top Wheatfield author/historian, Jay Jorgensen will take the lead. Then we’ll address the fighting at the Peach Orchard and along the Emmitsburg Road, followed by the action at Culp’s Hill on July 2nd and 3rd and East Cemetery Hill.

On Sunday morning, we will visit the East Cavalry Field, where Union cavalry under David McM. Gregg intercepted and then checked J. E. B. Stuart’s Confederate cavalry. We will conclude with a solid look at Pickett’s Charge.

This tour will NOT involve strenuous walking, but rather we will bus from point to point, de-board, walk a bit as appropriate, and allocate our time so as to cover the entire battle. This tour will be enlightening, both for veteran Gettysburg trekkers as well as those who are fairly new to the campaign. Our historian team is truly outstanding and can well address any questions you pose. Throughout the tour, we’ll keep you supplied with hot coffee & donuts (in the mornings), water, soft drinks and snacks, and we’ll feed you well - our lunches will be held at the Dobbin House and General Pickett’s Buffet and we’ll host you on Saturday evening from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at an Open Bar Social at the Appalachian Brewing Company.

JOIN US on this comprehensive tour of America’s greatest Civil War battle led by a very distinguished historian team.

Gary Kross

Gary Kross is a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide and one of the most popular tour leaders of the battle of Gettysburg. A leading tactical authority on the battle, he has authored the annual Gettysburg issue of Blue & Gray Magazine for many years, and serves as that magazine’s associate editor.

Charles C. Fennell, Jr.

Charlie Fennell has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park since 1986. He is also a professor of history at Harrisburg Area Community College in Gettysburg and is the author of many articles in Civil War journals, Gettysburg National Military Park publications, and publications of the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg. He has appeared on the History Channel’s  “Civil War Journal”.

Jay Jorgensen

Jay Jorgensen is President and co-founder of the Robert E. Lee Fellowship, and an experienced tour guide of American Revolutionary War sites and Civil War battlefields. He is the author of many articles on the Revolution and several books on the Civil War including Gettysburg’s Bloody Wheatfield.

Registration Fee - $325.

What is included in your registration:

·      The services of expert historians chosen for their knowledge and experience

·      Transportation to all sites as described

·      Friday & Saturday lunches

.      Saturday PM Open Bar Social at the Appalachian Brewing Company
       (You buy your meal, We buy your Beverages!)

·      Refreshments and snacks during the tour

·      Map package and handouts


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FOR NOW, CALL 800-298-1861 to complete your credit card registration; or SEND CHECK to:


Box 78, Winchester, VA 22604

DIRECTIONS: Take Taneytown Road, Rt. 134, to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center entrance and enter. Follow the drive a short distance to Parking Lot # 3 sign and turn left. Proceed to the upper left corner and park.

Friday, October 27

8:00 AM on                 Assemble at Gettysburg NMP Museum & Visitor Center, inside

                   Parking Lot #3 at its upper left side (northwest corner), from the Lot #3 entrance.

8:30 AM                     Depart and Begin Tour

12:15PM                     Lunch at the Dobbin House Tavern

4:30 PM                      Arrive Back at Parking Lot #3

Saturday, October 28

8:15 AM                     Depart Parking Lot #3 and Continue Tour

12:00 N                      Lunch at General Pickett’s Buffet Restaurant

4:30 PM                      Arrive Back at Lot #3 Parking Lot

Sunday, October 29

8:30 AM                     Depart Parking Lot #3 and Continue Tour

11:30 AM                    Arrive Back at Parking Lot #3


Here are some suggestions for lodging during your Gettysburg tour experience:

* 1863 Inn of Gettysburg, 516 Baltimore Street - 717-334-6211

* The Inn at Cemetery Hill, 613 Baltimore - 717-334-9281

* Comfort Suites, 945 Baltimore - (717) 334-6715

* Quality Inn, 380 Steinwehr - 717-334-1103



The Inn at Cemetery Hill
613 Baltimore St.
Gettysburg, PA
United States
Quality Inn
380 Steinwehr St.
Gettysburg, PA
United States
Comfort Suites
945 Baltimore St.
Gettysburg, PA
United States
The 1863 Inn at Gettysburg
516 Baltimore St.
Gettysburg, PA
United States